"Alexandra Nowakowski is delightful as the salacious Zerbinetta, tossing off her high E’s and her trills with aplomb. "
THE CULTURAL CRITIC
Praised by Opera News for her “impassioned singing”, coloratura soprano Alexandra Nowakowski is first generation Polish-American, fluent in Polish. She recently captured First Prize the Marcella Sembrich International Voice Competition with the Kosciuszko Foundation, and is a winner of the 2019 Astral National Auditions.
Currently a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist at the Washington National Opera, last season Ms. Nowakowski sang Nannetta in scenes from Falstaff with the WNO Orchestra under Joseph Colaneri, performed works of Richard Strauss with the Apollo Orchestra, and debuted with the Columbus Symphony, in Mozart’s Requiem under the baton of Rossen Milanov. She was also broadcast live on medici.tv in Joyce DiDonato’s Masterclass at Carnegie Hall. As the First Prize winner of the Vocal Arts D.C. Art Song Discovery Competition, she was presented in solo recital at The Phillips Collection.
Washington Classical Review said of Ms. Nowakowski’s recent portrayal of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Wolf Trap Opera that she “brought strength and sincerity” and “finessed the coloratura demands of the aria ‘Grossmächtige Prinzessin’ with panache and airy nuance, as refreshing as a gin fizz.” She also recently debuted as Gilda in Rigoletto with the Verbier Festival under the baton of Stanislav Kochanovsky, broadcast live on medici.tv, and debuted with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Stéphane Denève, for which she was praised by Philadelphia Magazine for the “command [of] her warm upper range.” She also recently gave her debut performance of Bach’s B minor Mass, with the Bach Society Houston.
Ms. Nowakowski is a First Prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition and the Violetta DuPont Competition. She won Second Prize in the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, the Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Competition, FAVA’s Grand Concours de Chant, and the Dorothy-Lincoln Smith Voice Competition. She has garnered other significant top awards from the Loren L. Zachary Society Vocal Competition and the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition, and was a 2019 Encouragement Award winner from Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Middle Atlantic Region. She has also been a scholarship recipient from the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation, and received a Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship.
An alumna of the Academy of Vocal Arts, at AVA Ms. Nowakowski performed Zerbinetta and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Gilda in Rigoletto, Sophie in Werther, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Musetta in La bohème. Other roles include Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with the Philadelphia Sinfonia, Susanna (cover) in Le nozze di Figaro for Wolf Trap Opera, and Dido in Dido and Aeneas with the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana.
Alexandra Nowakowski also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.